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Monday, August 4, 2014

Man who shot and killed Renisha McBride takes the Stand


 Why would you be so in fear of your life that you would not make sure your protection (rifle) wouldn't protect you? Its that simple.


reports: Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Theodore Paul Wafer took the stand in his own defense today. Charged with 2nd degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 19-year old Renisha McBride, the 55-year old airport maintenance worker faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the first charge and 15 years for the manslaughter charge if convicted.

Wafer spoke in an even, low tone that was at times almost hard to hear as his attorney Cheryl Carpenter told the jury she wanted them to get to know him.

Carpenter began by asking Wafer about his personal life; his job at the Detroit Airport; his neighborhood; the various changes that had occurred in the area since he began living in the house about 20 years ago and eventually, what happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, when he killed McBride, a temporary Ford factory worker, with a shotgun blast to the face.
Wafer recounted how he had worked the 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. shift that day and then gone to a neighborhood pub once he left work. Wafer said he had three beers then went home around 7 pm, eventually falling asleep in his recliner with the tv. He would awaken, change clothes and go back to bed sometime after 10 pm.

As his story progressed toward the fateful moment Wafer started breathing harder and began to hold his forehead with one hand, eyes closed, as he told the jury about a “banging” at the front door of his house and then on the side.

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